The health benefits of practicing Pilates and yoga are numerous. Element Pilates and Yoga offers a unique way to combine the best of both practices in one place.
But what exactly are the benefits? Here we will outline the ways in which these exercise practices can be helpful for your mind, body, and overall health.
The muscle activation required for both Pilates and yoga workouts means that, over time and with consistency, your body is stronger. Your muscles increase in strength and tone. You may also notice that everyday tasks – such as carrying groceries and running around with your children, become much easier.
As we get older, our joints tend to stiffen and become less flexible. The surrounding muscles also become tighter which causes pain and discomfort. A regular Pilates and yoga practice allows the body to move through its full range of motion, relieving a lot of this discomfort.
Because the focus of most Pilates and Fertility yoga exercises is correct form and alignment, your posture improves dramatically as a result. This takes pressure away from your lower and back and neck. It also relieves the aches and pains we feel from sitting so much throughout our day.
Prevention of injuries
With regular exercise that focuses on proper technique, you are learning how to use your muscles to control your joints through their full range of motion. This means that you are less likely to “pull” a muscle or sustain an injury.
Increased support for your spine
This is especially evident in the Element Pilates program. Our spine supports our entire body every moment of our life. There is so much required to ensure that our spine is kept healthy and strong. Think about how many times you’ve experienced back pain. It’s an area that is very susceptible to injury. Pilates classes pay close attention to the muscles needed for spinal support and stability.
Improved balance and coordination
As we get older, we lose muscle mass which can affect our balance and coordination. Maintaining your strength regularly in your younger years will make an enormous impact as you age. However, it is never too late to start. Because it is so easy to adapt and change exercises within Pilates and yoga classes, it is suitable for people of any age to undertake.
- Better sleep
It is well researched that regular exercise increases endorphins, reduces stress levels, and helps to balance hormones. All these factors contribute to better sleep. Regular and deep sleep can assist with injury prevention, better brain function and increased mood.
- Reduced stress
As we exercise, we release “feel good” hormones such as endorphins and dopamine. These are our “happy hormones”, and they lead to a reduction in stress levels.
- Ability to breathe more easily and deeply
Both Pilates and yoga focus on deep, slow breathing practices. This allows our body to better circulate blood and oxygen which relieves tension. Try taking 5 deep, slow breaths right now. Notice how much better you feel straight away.
Calming for your nervous system with Element Pilates and Yoga
Element Pilates and Yoga has a specific focus on helping to calm and regulate your nervous system. This is especially helpful for those needing to balance hormones, create better sleep habits and reduce stress. The practices do this through specific exercise sequences, meditation and deep breathing techniques.
Element Pilates and Yoga offers specific and targeted exercise practices to help your mind and body. To quote from the original Joseph Pilates – “In 10 sessions you will feel the benefits. In 20 sessions you will see the benefits. In 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body.”
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